More or less. You load ieee1394.ko, ohci1394.ko and
sbp2.ko, and a
scsi-style device appears for each disk.
Right. Nowdays I'd expect this sort of thing to happen automatically
due to hotplug etc.
yep. I think udev finally got things right in a way
that devfs could
never quite manage. My USB stick is keyed off its serial number.
Indeed. I twiddled with my setup to get it to name my wireless card
correctly. It kept getting names like dev1234 (where 1234 would change
every boot). Made setting up a network tricky. Now it appears the
wireless drivers I use can be given a module option to fix the device
Some of the udev examples are kind of contrived, but
show up the
flexibility. One of the more contrived examples is to do a cddb lookup
on audio cds as they are inserted, and to mount them as
/dev/$artist_$album (well, to symlink that to the actual device name
Indeed but very flexible, which is good.
This is almost happening. Ethernet connected disks
(ATA over Ethernet,
) as a cheaper alternative to iSCSI.
Indeed I've read about Coraid gear. Very nice. Presents the ATAoE
device as a block device to the Linux kernel. Has some limitations
though due to its simplicity.
Also, you can get a fairly wide range of SOHO/home
user "NAS" devices
that you plug USB or firewire disks into, and it "just works" and then
presents them as samba or NFS share. There are "media centers" along
this line as well. Although, they are probably all running linux of
some form underneath the covers, and might exhibit just as many problems
as you've seen :)
Yeah. I'm occasionally tempted to get a NAS. But often they are more
expensive than they should be. Ie, you could build a simple Linux NAS a
lot cheaper than the off the shelf ones.
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